Extraction Faction

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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At least readers don’t need to wonder about Ed Hazard’s motivation when he cites unsubstantiated employment and revenue figures to oppose Measure P — the ban on risky oil extraction that will be on the ballot in November — as president of an association that advertises itself as “the only national organization representing solely, and without compromise, oil and gas royalty owners’ interests.”

No compromise for the sick neighbors who live downwind and downstream of extreme extraction happening everywhere in the country that hasn’t banned these practices.

No compromise for the adjacent landowners whose property values plummet after their peaceful place in the country is transformed into an industrial wasteland, and no compromise for simple arithmetic: The $291 million he touts as “economic benefits to Santa Barbara County” is the approximate total revenue earned by all the oil companies operating here — only one of which is based in the county. His 6,300 jobs figure is inflated by over 1,400 percent, as the industry itself reports fewer than 400 employees in Santa Barbara County.

Senate Bill 4 does not address cyclic steam injection, which is probably the most potentially harmful technique threatening our county. At least 900 new wells planned in the next year are expected to undergo steam injection unless Measure P passes. And what’s our recourse after our groundwater’s been poisoned by even well-regulated processes?

Mr. Hazard’s royalties and Santa Barbara County’s revenue and jobs will not be compromised since Measure P will not touch existing operations or future conventional extraction.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Santa Maria Energy and the other players in proposed massive expansion of cyclic steam operations would have us believe that their water needs will be met by using recycled water. Only the most naive will be fooled by that load of b.s.
It is not logistically possible to supply 7000 new wells spread over vast expanses of the county with recycled water. Our own problems with keeping the recycled water system at el Estero treatment plant on line should be a fair warning as well.
SME and their counterparts will undoubtedly exploit well water on remote ranches to rob aquifers of much needed water . The same water needed for established ag and domestic needs.

geeber (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 4:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We don't have enough water to take long showers, and these guys want to use our aquifer for hydraulic fracturing? Oh, and then there is the small matter of increased earthquake activity. I like cheap energy as much as anyone else, but this is insane.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 6:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What is really scary is the irate attitude of the lady from Water Guardians quoted on KSBytv yesterday. Quote "dirty filthy oil". I would be very concerned if she was my leader. She is out of control and would be impossible to sit down with to find ways to improve our energy system. Watch out for her! You have to be able to talk to one another.

sensiblemolly (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is not a hostage situation molly, or is it? We have been held hostage by the oil industry for too long. Why all the innovation in other sectors by leaps and bounds but this, the most profitable on earth, only innovates with more destruction? Oil is 'dirty' and 'filthy'. That statement concerns/scares you? Papers please.

spacey (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If you drive a car or make use of the transportation sector you are not a hostage of the oil companies. You are a willing participant. Walk or bike if you want to break their hold on your lives, and shop only locally sourced products you can put in your own bike basket or cloth shopping bag.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Skateboarding is the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Decriminalize skateboarding in the State St. corridor.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 1:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you for this important letter, Gary. I agree here with all but JarvisFOOJarvis: I walk constantly and bike when I can. We ARE held hostage by the oil interests; they need to pay MUCH more in mitigation.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 9:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)


billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 9:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

But then again, this could be part of the problem:

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 10:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh, I hit a nerve. All I am saying is put your energy where your protesting mouth is and help develop better energy if you don't like the "dirty filty oil" you use everyday You keep shooting yourselves in the foot. Get out there and help. How about holding up signs that say "Vote NO on Measure P" because it includes much more than just fracking.

sensiblemolly (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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